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Irish capacity factors are expected to range from 30% to 36%. Real world capacity factors for older existing projects are likely to be lower because the technology is older with less technical performance, and the turbines don't see higher elevation winds. (Real world capacity factors include downtime from maintenance and component failure.)

I would expect the far right side of the bell curve to be above 38%. this compares will with all but the best Scottish highlands sites. The Ireland Wind Energy Association states conservatively nationwide at 31%.

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by Crazy Horse on Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 09:46:06 AM EST
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AFAIK Irish wind farms have to date predominantly used smaller turbines which would be less efficient.  Also to date, none have been built at really high altitudes or in the more scenic areas right on the western coast - so many sites may be sub-optimal.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 11:04:20 AM EST
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